Swedish comedy series ‘The Bonus Family’ acquired by Netflix around the world

Netflix has picked up the first two seasons of The Bonus Family (Swedish: Bonusfamiljen) for global distribution outside of Scandinavia, Variety reports.

We saw the first two episodes at the Göteborg Film Festival and admired the series for its unique blend of comedy and drama, as well as the accurate depictions of contemporary families. In the series, we follow two families linked via divorce as they go through a separation, create new families, and must maintain their old relationships. They have to raise each others kids, deal with ex-partners, and find a comfortable living environment for everyone.

NBC, which aired Welcome to Sweden, is currently remaking The Bonus Family for U.S. audiences.

The Bonus Family was commissioned by Swedish pubcaster SVT, and was pre-bought across the Nordics by NRK in Norway, YLE in Finland, DR in Denmark and RUV in Iceland.

Netflix previously acquired Scandinavian series such as Rita, the Danish comedy-drama created by Christian Torpe, and Lilyhammer, the American-Norwegian show created by and starring Steven Van Zandt. Netflix also recently commissioned The Rain, a thriller drama produced by Miso.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.